gher|kin [ˈgə:kın US ˈgə:r-] n
[Date: 1600-1700; : Dutch; Origin: gurken 'cucumbers', from Polish ogurek, from Medieval Greek agouros 'watermelon']
a small type of ↑cucumber that has been preserved in ↑vinegar to make a type of ↑pickle

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  • Gherkin — Gher kin (g[ e]r k[i^]n), n. [D. agurkje, a dim. akin to G. gurke, Dan. agurke; cf. Pol. og[ o]rek, Bohem. okurka, LGr. aggoy rion watermelon, Ar. al khiy[=a]r, Per. khiy[=a]r.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) A kind of small, prickly cucumber, much… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gherkin — small cucumber used for pickling, 1660s, from early modern Du. gurken, augurken (late 16c.) small pickled cucumber, from E.Fris. augurk cucumber, probably from a Balto Slavic source (Cf. Polish ogórek cucumber ), possibly ultimately from Medieval …   Etymology dictionary

  • gherkin — ► NOUN ▪ a small pickled cucumber. ORIGIN Dutch gurkje, from Greek angourion cucumber …   English terms dictionary

  • gherkin — [gʉr′kin] n. [< Du or LowG gurken, cucumber < Pol ogórek < ModGr angouri < LGr angourion, watermelon < Pers angārah] 1. a plant (Cucumis anguria) of the gourd family bearing small, prickly, cucumberlike fruit 2. the fruit of this… …   English World dictionary

  • Gherkin — This article is about the fruit. For the London skyscraper known as the Gherkin, see 30 St Mary Axe. Gherkin Details Species Cucumis sa …   Wikipedia

  • Gherkin — 30 St Mary Axe (Swiss Re Tower) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • gherkin — /gerr kin/, n. 1. the small, immature fruit of a variety of cucumber, used in pickling. 2. Also called bur gherkin, West Indian gherkin. the small, spiny fruit of a tropical vine, Cucumis anguria, of the gourd family, used in pickling. 3. the… …   Universalium

  • Gherkin — 30 St Mary Axe 41° 24′ 13″ N 2° 11′ 22″ E / 41.4035, 2.189583 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • gherkin — UK [ˈɡɜː(r)kɪn] / US [ˈɡɜrkɪn] noun [countable] Word forms gherkin : singular gherkin plural gherkins a small green vegetable preserved in vinegar and eaten cold with meals …   English dictionary

  • gherkin — [17] Etymologically, a gherkin may be a ‘little unripe one’. The word was borrowed from an assumed early Dutch *gurkkijn, a diminutive form of gurk, which probably came from Lithuanian agurkas. This in turn goes back via Polish ogurek to medieval …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • gherkin — paprastasis agurkas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Moliūginių šeimos augalas (Cucumis sativus), paplitęs atogrąžų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Cucumis sativus; Cucumis sativus var. anatolicus; Cucumis sativus var. anglicus; Cucumis sativus… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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